Arathusa Safari Lodge is unique and highly sought after by visitors because of its prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. Together these two areas comprise one of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine preserved wilderness sanctuaries. Arathusa offers an exceptional safari experience – expect a high concentration of an assortment of game, including the Big Five, and frequent leopard sightings. The lodge is situated on a large waterhole, ensuring interesting game and bird viewing from the comfort of the camp. Standard and private luxury accommodation options, exceptional service, value for money and luxury spa services from Arathusa’s Safari Spa are just a few of the things that put Arathusa Safari Lodge in a league of its own.
Arathusa Safari Lodge is an intimate and hospitable camp, featuring thatched-roofed standard rooms within its perimeter. Each room has an en suite bathroom with a bath and shower, as well as an outdoor shower. The verandah offers relaxing views of the surrounding veld. Twin rooms may also be arranged. The use of natural fabrics and classic interior design ensures a simple and elegant experience. Additional amenities include a mini bar (stocked with a selection of beverages), an electronic safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net, and tea/coffee making facilities. In keeping with the traditional and natural safari experience, there are no televisions in the rooms at Arathusa. Guests are, however, able to send or receive e-mails and faxes from the reception area.
Arathusa’s luxury rooms have all the comfort and amenities of the standard rooms, with the addition of their own plunge pools and lounge areas. These exclusive rooms are located further from the main camp to afford guests privacy. Please note: Luxury rooms do not have a view of the waterhole.
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Meal times at Arathusa are a sociable affair where guests are treated to sumptuous dishes, fresh produce and daily baked confectionery. Before departing on your morning safari, you will be offered coffee, tea, biscotti, and rusks. While out in the bush, you will stop for a refreshment break of coffee or tea, with freshly baked baby muffins, rusks, and oatmeal crisp, to tide you over till breakfast. Breakfast is a choice of a continental breakfast – with fresh fruit, cereals, yogurts, cheese, and cold meats selection, or a hot breakfast to order. Lunch is kept light and healthy, and guests have a choice of three dishes: a healthy fresh salad, a fish course or a red meat dish. Freshly baked cakes, tarts, and fruit are served at High Tea prior to your afternoon game drive. For sundowners during your afternoon drive, orders for your drink* of choice are taken at lunchtime, and snacks – including biltong (dried, cured meat, similar to beef jerky), pastries, dried fruit, nuts and mini pies – are on offer. The newly-built boma (traditionally an enclosure for livestock – Swahili or Afrikaans), is where traditional South African potjie dishes (a traditional South African meal cooked in a round, cast iron, three-legged pot) is served. The kitchen prides itself on being able to cater to any dietary requirements of each guest.
Arathusa Safari Lodge offers a comprehensive spa and wellness experience. The treatment room overlooks the camps waterhole and the beautiful African bushveld. It is here that you can avail yourself of a wide selection of treatments to soothe the body, relax the mind, and indulge the senses. The spa has two therapists, so couples can enjoy their treatments in tandem. The Safari Spa uses locally sourced spa products and offers numerous signature massages, facial and grooming treatments from which to choose – including Bath Ceremonies, Body Wraps, manicures and pedicures. Whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to leave The Safari Spa happier and more relaxed.
Game drives, in an open safari vehicle, are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon every day in search of animals – both large and small. Experienced, knowledgeable, and personable rangers are paired with local trackers where together they ensure a first class safari experience. Trackers sit up at the front of the vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers skillfully navigate into ravines and through thickets in pursuit of fantastic game sightings. Close encounters are guaranteed, and the animals are not threatened thanks to the camps sound conservation management policies. Expect one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities of The Big Five, over 300 bird species, and much more.
Guided walks in the bush with an armed ranger may be arranged. Walks are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when temperatures are moderate. Being on foot in affords you a unique and altogether different view of the bush.